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Printing the samurai pavises

2021-01-11 by David

Something new to show you today - wooden pavises for our samurai range!




Wooden pavises, or tate, were used by feudal-era infantry as protective shields from enemy arrows. They were large enough for one or two soldiers to take shelter behind, and were used by archers and ashigaru alike. The stand at the rear could be planted in the ground to create a stable barrier, or it could be carried in one hand.

 

 

 

These pavises measure 21mm wide by 34mm tall, and are printed in two parts. They feature detailed woodgrain textures and stud fixings on the front. The woodgrain has been modelled to be slightly more pronounced at the top and bottom.

 




The set contains the 12 clan crest versions (on the right), a blank version and another version with two thin horizontal stripes (on the left).





If you're in a hurry to print dozens of them, a 0.2mm layer resolution will produce a good result. But for models this small, I prefer to print at 0.1mm layer resolution.





The files can be printed on their sides, like this, with no supports. I recommend printing with a brim to stop them toppling over on the printbed.





The pavise legs are separate pieces, and can also be printed without supports. Again, I recommend printing with a brim, as in the photo above.





5 of the 12 clan symbols are very, very intricate, and proved difficult to cut into the pavise. As you can see from the photo above, the engraved versions (on the left) didn't print very cleanly on my FDM printer, so for those 5 clans I decided to emboss the symbols instead (shown on the right).

 

These should be very quick paintjobs, so the pavise set will be officially released in a few days! Watch this space....

 


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